When God says “No”

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We’ve told our kids no a hundred times. We’ve said no to those who demand our time. We’ve said no to the unwelcome solicitor at the door. When someone tells us no—it stings. But what if it was God who voiced the nay? Continue reading “When God says “No””

Six ways to transition to your new home

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The moving truck is full. Your house is barren save the lone piece of luggage sitting next to you on the carpet. Your mind travels from room to room over all the memories, tender and terrible, in this spot you called home. You hear the moving truck rumble away with all your earthly belongings. You glance back at the house one more time before sliding into the driver seat of your car then pull away, leaving a piece of your heart behind.

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When life takes you through a roundabout

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Interruptions. They hijack our days. They irritatingly direct us to make a U-turn or choose a different exit on the roundabouts of life.

The powers-that-be constructed a roundabout at the entrance of my subdivision this Spring. The crews closed it down for a week so we were forced to drive out the back end of the neighborhood. It reopened then closed again this past Saturday. I forgot and was forced to do a U-turn and drive in the opposite direction of my desired destination. Continue reading “When life takes you through a roundabout”

Gray areas in the scriptures

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This past week my Bible study group bantered over Romans 14. (Click here to read.) If you want my CliffsNotes on this portion of Paul’s letter, he is telling his readers to defer in love in those matters that are not black and white but gray. Continue reading “Gray areas in the scriptures”

Three takeaways from the Olympics

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I love the spirit of the Olympics. What inspires me even more than the games themselves are the stories behind each athlete. A mountain of obstacles blocks their dream, and they find themselves stuck in deep valleys of pain, injuries and discouragement. Yet in the slogging through the valleys a burning desire for gold remains. Continue reading “Three takeaways from the Olympics”

Looking firsthand into the world of sex trafficking

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Periodically, I want to present people who are following Jesus but take a path different from mine or yours. This week I sat down with Kyla Conlee, a woman of guts and grit, to delve deeper into the epidemic problem of sex trafficking here in the United States. Warning: Because of the nature of the subject this post includes the honest and brutal realities of working on the front line of sex trafficking. Continue reading “Looking firsthand into the world of sex trafficking”

Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas

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Christmas dinner was finished and the presents unwrapped. My grandmother entered the room carrying a birthday cake with one candle flicking on top. She asked the family gathering of fourteen, “Whose birthday are we celebrating?” Continue reading “Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas”